Mulayam Singh Yadav May Drop in on Oppn Bigwigs at Mega Meet; All Eyes on Mayawati Now
With Mulayam’s possible attendance, pressure is also on Mayawati to depute a senior BSP leader to represent the party at the opposition gathering.
File image of Mulayam Singh Yadav. (Image: PTI)
New Delhi: Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav is likely to attend the mega opposition meet on Monday where top leaders are likely to discuss forging a grand alliance to take on the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The attendance of Mulayam’s son and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, however, is still doubtful along with that of BSP supremo Mayawati — the two big political forces in Uttar Pradesh which has traditionally influenced results of general elections.
However, with Mulayam’s possible attendance, pressure is also on Mayawati to depute a senior BSP leader to represent the party at the opposition gathering.
The meeting, significantly, comes a day before the results of the Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram Assembly polls are scheduled to be announced and the start of the Winter Session of Parliament.
TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is coordinating the meeting. He has invited the leaders of all the non-BJP parties.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi will attend the meet, during which the Opposition is also expected to chalk out a joint strategy for the Winter Session.
During the meeting at the Parliament House Annexe, the opposition parties were expected to discuss their responses to government bills and issues related to the Rafale deal and farmers, sources said.
Not only the heads of non-BJP parties, but also the chief ministers of opposition parties from Kerala, Punjab and Puducherry were invited to the meeting, sources said.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee, National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy are expected to attend the meeting.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M K Stalin, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav and Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) leader Sharad Yadav are also among those likely to attend the meeting.
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was unlikely to be part of the meeting, the sources said, adding that he might join the anti-BJP alliance post the general election.
Naidu had last month met the heads of several opposition parties, including Rahul Gandhi, and termed the TDP's alliance with the Congress a "democratic compulsion" to protect the country.
Sources said there could be pre-poll as well as post-poll alliances, taking into account the interest of each state.
"Price rise, the ill-effects of demonetisation and the GST, unemployment and threats to the Constitution will also be on the agenda of the meeting," NCP leader DP Tripathi said.
AAP leaders confirmed the party's participation in the Opposition meet called by Naidu.
Earlier, the meeting was planned for November 22, but had to be deferred because of the Assembly polls in five states.
(With PTI inputs)
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